As you know, Western Australia Gourmet Escape will unfortunately not be taking place in 2021. Beyond the festival, Western Australia has many incredible experiences that can still be enjoyed, from wineries and restaurants to beaches and outdoor activities. Over the next few weeks we will be sharing some of the amazing experiences taking place in the region, and encourage you all to enjoy a getaway!
PADDOCK TO PLATE ITINERARY
Margaret River Region
The global drive for food sustainability has shone a spotlight on the importance of not just eating local, but ensuring what is harvested from or upon the earth is completely consumed. Paddock to plate. Nose to tail. Two philosophies that go hand-in-hand with minimising our impact and preserving the environments in which we live. In the Margaret River Region, such an approach is increasingly the mainstay. Take a tour of these farms, wineries and restaurants to discover what paddock to plate means across the pristine south west.
SMALL FAMILY WINERY TRAIL
Margaret River Region
Dropping in to cellar doors on Margaret River’s Small Family Wine Trail feels like dropping in on friends: the side doors are always open, though you might have to give a little holler if cellar door is unattended. When you care for the wine you’re selling, there are not a lot of idle minutes left in the day to stand still. This pocket of the region’s wine community is as loveable as the polish of the big guns. Small family run wineries offer just one more insight into the wines for which the Margaret River Region has become known.
EPIC PERTH GETAWAY
Perth, Rottnest Island & Margaret River
4 night Epic Perth Getaway at Travelodge Hotel Perth, from $699pp twin share
Travelodge Hotel Perth is centrally located in the heart of the Perth CBD, close to major shopping precincts, Kings Park and the Swan River, offering fantastic Perth accommodation at great value. Explore the beauty and tranquillity of Rottnest with a day tour including ferry transfers. Once on Rottnest enjoy a 90-minute tour of the island which takes you to some of most spectacular locations and provides you with a complete interpretation of the island. Get an insight into the island’s cultural and historical heritage, diverse wildlife, fauna and social heritage. Take a full day tour to the Margaret River region, Known as one of Australia’s finest wine regions, the area is blessed with natural beauty. Providing a diverse range of activities, this tour allows you to experience this high-profile Western Australian area in one day.
Terms and conditions apply.
Discover Margaret River
Margaret River Region
3 night Margaret River Discovery, at Margarets In Town Apartments from $645pp twin share
5 hour Margaret River Discovery Tour including: Canoe a section of Margaret River, Local honey tasting, Fraser Gallop Estate winery tour and tastings, Lunch at Fraser Gallop Estate, and 4WD adventure and walk on a section of the Cape to Cape Track.
1 hour Wine & Food Pairing Discovery – A Sensory Journey at Passel Estate. Includes tasting of 4 core wines matched to specially produced craft foods
4 days AVIS car hire in a Hyundai i30 or similar+
Terms and conditions apply.
JAZZ UNDER THE JETTY
23rd October & 13th November 2021
This incredible unique and immersive experience will combine gourmet food and wine, live jazz music, and spectacular marine life – all while 8 metres below the surface of iconic Geographe Bay. The Busselton Jetty piles have created Australia’s greatest artificial reef, host to an inspiring forest of vividly-coloured tropical and sub-tropical corals, sponges, fish and invertebrates. Over two hours be entertained by your favourite jazz classics, indulge in a range of substantial canapes, and take in the illuminated underwater spectacle. As one of only six underwater observatories in the world, this is one of those memorable events that you will be reminiscing about for years to come.
MARGARET RIVER HEART FRENCH FILM FESTIVAL
18th – 23rd October 2021
Margaret River HEART has curated a stunning selection of French films to satiate the Francophiles among us. Taking place over a week in October, it includes pioneer of the 1960’s French New Wave film movement Jean-Luc Godard’s ‘Breathless’, which has been painstakingly restored in 4k for its 60th anniversary. Another highlight is ‘Eiffel’ which follows the story of engineering genius Gustave Eiffel in the late 19th century, and the passion and brilliance behind his design of one of the world’s most recognisable landmarks.
MARGARET RIVER REGION CHARDONNAY TRAIL
Margaret River Region
Home to some of the world’s most beautiful examples of this variety, a perfect grape growing climate and highly skilled wine makers, there is no better place in the world to delve into the beautiful world of Chardonnay than Margaret River. To help guide the way we’ve put together a Chardonnay Trail featuring some of the icons and the lesser-known names alike.
SAMPLE SOME OF AUSTRALIA'S FINEST FORTIFIED WINES
Margaret River Region
Indulge in a fortified wine tasting at Gralyn Estate. Pioneers of port styles in Margaret River, Gralyn Estate opened the regions first cellar door in 1978. Let them take you on a journey of discovery, with an exclusive range of fortified and premium reserve wines. Try their award winning Artizan Rare Muscat and a priceless 35+ year old museum muscat. A must-visit destination for anyone seeking an experience like no other… Gralyn Estate is open daily, 10.30am – 4.30pm and tastings are free of charge.
WOODLANDS WINES COMES TO ROCKPOOL
Join Rockpool Bar & Grill and Woodlands Wines for an evening of pure excellence.
Two of Western Australia’s most preeminent brands will come together on Tuesday 16th November at 6.30pm for their inaugural Woodlands Wines dinner at Rockpool Bar & Grill Perth, hosted by Woodlands Wines Co-Owner, Andrew Watson.
Rockpool Perth Head Chef Brendan Owens has designed an exquisite five-course menu, which is paired with current releases and flagship wines from the iconic, family owned and operated winery at Wilyabrup Valley, in the heart of Margaret River.
View the full menu and wine pairings here.
MOVIES AT CAPE MENTELLE
Margaret River Region
Margaret River’s acclaimed outdoor cinema.
Winery by day, outdoor cinema by night.
Picture yourself lying back under the stars in a beautiful winery garden, enjoying a movie, sipping on award-winning wine and enjoying local gourmet fare.
Margaret River’s acclaimed outdoor cinema ‘Movies at Cape Mentelle’ runs right through the summer months offering something for everyone. Whether you love a belly laugh with a good comedy or to get caught up in a twisted thriller, the program offers both new releases and old favourites.
So come early, enjoy a glass of Cape Mentelle wine with friends during the movie and take the ultimate comfort option and hire a bean-bed so you truly can lie back under the stars. There is no better way to spend a summer’s night in the Margaret River region
LUXURY STAY AT SMITHS BEACH RESORT
Margaret River Region
Experience the ultimate beachside escape at Smiths Beach Resort. Relax in spacious, stylish accommodation ideally situated in the heart of Western Australia’s Margaret River Region.
Savour understated style and receive individual attention at this Small Luxury Hotel of the World.
Enjoy our surrounding natural beauty, the stunning stretch of white sandy beach, coastal walk trails, Lamont’s gourmet deli, café and restaurant, infinity swimming pool, tennis court and neighbouring world-class wineries. Do as much or as little as you like… the choice is yours.
The Resort offers eight different accommodation styles perfect for couples, small and extended families and corporate groups.
CINQUE AT COWARD & BLACK VINEYARDS
World release weekend. From five vineyards come five wines. Never before tasted.
Visit the spectacular surrounds of the Wilyabrup Cellar Door for the first taste of five spectacular new-release wines headlined by the world release of their Wilyabrup sparkling Blanc de Blancs and their Internationally acclaimed Lady Margo Rosé, the 2018 vintage of which won Best Rosé in the World at the World Rosé Championships in Poland.
Sit on the rammed earth deck overlooking the vines from which the Blanc de Blancs was made. Make up a cheeseboard from our deli fridge and while away the afternoon with some of the best single vineyard, estate-grown wines the region has to offer.
Coward & Black Vineyards 2018 Wilyabrup Blanc de Blancs – Coward & Black Vineyards 2021 Sauvignon Blanc – Coward & Black Vineyards 2021 Lady Margo Rosé – Coward & Black Vineyards 2020 Show Shiraz – Coward & Black Vineyards 2020 The Black Prince Cabernet Sauvignon.
New Release Tasting $10.00 per person all weekend – no bookings required.
Wines available by the glass all day
FISH & SIPS
Back for the annual sell out family beach festival weekend!
Local live acoustic music, wine tastings, seafood masterclasses, reggae DJ’s early, featuring Kate Lamont, face painting for the kids, cooking demos, mermaid & Pirate appearances, fire breathing performers, soul & disco DJ’s late
Visit Port Beach in North Fremantle November 27th & 28th for a flavour filled weekend along the West Australian Coast., as they celebrate world class seafood & award winning wine with no restrictions.
The Fish & Sips Festival is the premier Coastal food and wine event. Kids are free, so bring the whole family! See the website for more info
SEAFOOD INDULGENCE FROM SEA TO PLATE
A floating degustation experience has arrived on Rottnest Island, with the new ‘Luxe Island Seafood Cruise’. Presented by Rottnest Cruises, this deluxe dining experience on the water is a unique showcase of authentic Western Australian flavours, with a 7-course menu featuring an array of local seafood and fresh produce.
Over 4 hours, sip on premium beverages, all inclusive, while cruising the Island’s coastline to take in breathtaking scenery. Visit one of the finest fisheries in the world to catch your own Western Rock Lobster, then watch it cooked for you onboard by a private chef.
While anchored in a pristine bay, you can swim, snorkel or relax on float mats, or unwind on deck, taking in 360-degree views from one of 3 decks. For pleasure seekers and seafood lovers, this is pure indulgence. The Luxe Island Seafood Cruise is an all-inclusive, half-day experience from $259. Full-day packages are also available, with return Rottnest ferry transfers included.
THE HENLEY BROOK
Chances are it’s people going cluckin’ mad over The Henley Brook. Known by the locals as ‘The Hen’, they’re passionate about your good times. Nestled in a three-acre paddock, the beer garden is legendary. With a nature play area, footy goals, tree basketball hoops and spare parts play, it’s the perfect place to relax while the kids go ‘free-range’. Or if inside and cosy is more your vibe, pull up a table next to the double-sided fireplace.
Beer enthusiasts rejoice with over twenty craft beers on tap. The discerning foodie will not be disappointed with the extensive all-day menu. The Hen’s team serve up top-notch pub grub with a little bit of extra flair and make the most of WA’s oldest wine region, ensuring Swan Valley champion wines feature on their extensive wine list.
If that’s not enough to get you crossing the road, how about live music Friday, Saturday and Sunday as well as free kids’ entertainment every Sunday? And the irresistible weekly specials will make sure those midweek catch-ups are budget friendly!!
MELBOURNE CUP @ SANDALFORD
There’s always a widespread field of starters in the race that stops a nation, but if you choose Sandalford Wine’s 2021 Melbourne Cup event, you’ve already picked a winner.
To get you out of the starting gate, there’s a refreshing Welcome Sparkling Cocktail. Join the superb thoroughbred fillies from Duncraig Stud for a photo opportunity lakeside, then settle in to watch the glamour and excitement live from Flemington on the 120 inch screen.
Sandalford have arranged a delectable three course feast menu, entertainment and sweepstakes, and promise to reward the effort and creativity you expend on your Melbourne Cup attire with gifts and prizes!
Tuesday 2 November 2021. 11am – 3pm. $100 pp
Western Australia’s’ best sunset fish & chips.
Whether you’re a local or touring the beautiful south west region there is no better place to be than Surfers Point in Prevelly, stunning seascapes, world class surfing at the famous Main break, seasonal whale watching, breath taking sunsets and of course, highly sought after fish & chips!
Bring the family and a picnic blanket and come to Surfers Point to join the fun.
Hooked Up support local fishing suppliers and use local ingredients including WA line-caught Spanish mackerel to bring their customers the freshest, top quality products. Please check their website for days of operation as they are weather dependant.
“Vasant”(Spring) has sprung!!!!
Celebrate Vasant Ritu, hindi name for Spring Season with Chakra’s specially curated floral & vibrant dishes.
Chakra Restaurant is a family run progressive Indian restaurant boasting it’s home style cooked food which comes with untold stories of its origin, culture & traditions.
Chakra Restaurant is on a mission to break out of the geographical silos and serving a cuisine that celebrates and showcases the diversity of Indian culture & native food using high quality local produce.
Chef Ashish is showcasing Western Australia’s vibrant wild flowers through his newest creations.
To explore more, check out Chakra’s socials.
SUNSET EVENTS @ ELEPHANT CAFE
Are you ready to celebrate the end of 2021? Book your staff party on The Elephant’s deck for a fuss-free sunset function above the best beach in the world
White Elephant Sunset Functions originated with one thing in mind, the perfect location. If you are a beach lover or just love the idea of a beach-side function our venue is your venue. Expansive views from stunning Gnarabup Beach to the renowned Surfers Point, you cannot get much closer to the most famous location in Margaret River. Early afternoon into sunset evenings, here nature is provided at its finest.
Catering for up to 200 guests cocktail style our expansive deck and entertaining area provides uninterrupted views and superb summer sunsets.
A sunset function on the foreshore? Sounds perfect!
DISCOVER THE ART OF SPARKLING AT HOWARD PARK
Margaret River Region
Spend an afternoon at Howard Park’s Wine Chapel enjoying a showcase of méthode traditionnelle sparkling wine.
Guests will get the chance to sample a wide range of award-winning sparkling wines from our Howard Park and Marchand & Burch ranges, as they’re guided through the history of sparkling wine making and the intricate methods required to create a bottle of méthode traditionnelle wine. Then retire to our intimate lounge or move to an outdoor table to relax and appreciate the beauty of the nearby native forest while you enjoy and a glass or two of your favourite bubbles alongside a bespoke platter of cheese and charcuterie sourced from nearby farms and providores.
Howard Park is West Australia’s “House of Sparkling”, a pioneering family-owned winery specialising in the state’s premier grape-growing regions of Margaret River and the Great Southern. Having just celebrated their cellar door’s 20th anniversary, Howard Park also offer a range of private wine tastings in their stunning Wine Chapel. Their newest offering, a Sparkling Wine Lounge Experience is Margaret River’s only méthode traditionnelle tasting experience and a must for sparkling lovers.
The whale-watching season in WA’s South West region is one of the longest in the world, spanning from May to early December each year. There are about 30,000 humpbacks, southern right (and sometimes blue) whales that swim past the south west corner of WA annually, as they make their way north in search of warmer waters to calve. Currently they are making the return trip to Antarctica, and are hugging close to the coast around Busselton and Dunsborough from now until December. You can easily spot them from the shore, but for a more intimate experience, there are several tour companies that run daily tours (weather dependent) during the season, allowing you to get up close with these gentle giants of the deep. Tours operate from Dunsborough or Busselton from September to early December.
WA’s South West region is currently bursting into colour, with more than 8,000 species of wildflowers and 300 species of delicate orchids blooming across the region from now until November. For some of the best wildflower spotting in the Margaret River region, head out to the coast and take a walk along the Cape to Cape Track starting at Cape Leeuwin, the meeting point of the Southern and Indian oceans. This trail has spectacular coastal scenery, fascinating geology and sensational coastal scenery, fascinating geology and sensational wildflowers such as Vanilla Orchids, Wisteria, Clematis, Coastal Pimelea and Fan Flowers. There are plenty of other opportunities to spot wildflowers along the coastal walking tracks, rivers, forests and around the caves. Or better still, take a wildflower tour.
SPRING AT LEEUWIN ESTATE
Celebrating fine wine, food and a passion for the fine arts, Leeuwin Estate offers visitors a range of sensory experiences. Maintaining a food philosophy of combining exceptional West Australian produce with the Estate’s internationally acclaimed wines, the Leeuwin Restaurant has launched its new seasonal menus.
Cellardoor welcomes visitors daily of tastings or immerse yourself in the Leeuwin Gallery, surrounded by thought-provoking works of contemporary Australian art, to discover Leeuwin’s winemaking philosophy and the age worthiness of the Estate’s renowned “Art Series”: wines during a special tutored tasting.
ROSÉ ALL DAY
In celebration of the release of the ’21 Rose’s join the Swings & Roundabouts team on Friday 19 November for a night of spectacular wine, food & entertainment.
The dress code is ‘your best shade of ROSE’ and there’s epic prizes for best dressed. Live entertainment from local legends Al Mac, Royale with Cheese, Bunnyjuice & more surprises in store.
Doors open 5.00pm and transport can be booked with your ticket.
This will be the CELEBRATION of the season! Tickets on sale Tuesday 5 October 2021
YARRI RESTAURANT + BAR
Escape to the Margaret River region with a meal along the Dugalup Creek, in the heart of Dunsborough town. The elegant, tree-lined dining room of Yarri Restaurant + Bar is perfect for a relaxing lunch for two or a lively dinner with friends. Combining the best sustainable and ethical ingredients from West Australian growers, and heirloom, organic produce from the restaurant’s garden, Aaron Carr’s modern Australian menus allow you to discover and honour nature, seasonality and the region. Yarri is a celebration of good food and quality in the glass.
SNAKE & HERRING
Visit the Snake and Herring cellar door for a simple afternoon under the trees with a bottle of wine. There’s plenty to enjoy at the Snake and Herring property along Caves Rd in Wilyabrup. Wines with the perfect combination of quality, value and exploration and bright, warm indoor spaces looking out over the forests and the vines.
Wine available by the glass or bottle.
Origins Market is offering an experience unlike anything else in Western Australia.
Opening in the heart of Busselton this November, Origins Market is a celebration of community by facilitating and fostering human connections.
Standing at an impressive 3,000 square metres, Origins Market has something for everyone in the family. It’s a place that looks to blend the lines of production and consumption by connecting consumers with some of the best local makers, produce and gourmet goodness WA has to offer. From culinary delights from across the world, on-site coffee roasting, local craft beers and world-class wines, to talented artists, gourmet delights and one-of-a-kind creations.
With only one month until our doors open, we’re inviting you to join our exclusive Buzz Club; our loyalty program where you’ll receive all the exclusive details and updates ahead of our grand opening weekend. Join today so you don’t miss a thing!
CHEF ANTONIO'S RECIPES FOR REVOLUTION (E)
Friday 26 November, 7pm
Margaret River HEART Main Theatre
A delicious, feel good story with heart, soul & a big serve of laughter. Chef Antonio de Benedetto is on a quest, to change the world with his delicious Italian food.
His apprentices are Mirko Piras, a young man born with Down syndrome, who dreams of becoming a great chef ‘just like Antonio’ and Jessica Berta, an ambitious waitress who’s also set her sights on a career among the pots and pans. Their tiny kitchen is the beating heart of a revolutionary restaurant and hotel like no other. Both are staffed by young men and women living with Down syndrome, who come from across Italy to train and work in hospitality, so they can take their place at the table of life.
Chef Antonio’s Recipes for Revolution, is their closely observed story, told in first person by Antonio, Mirko and Jessica. It’s a journey through their lives and loves, dreams and dramas.
WALK TALK TASTE
Walk Talk Taste Margaret River’s exceptional Saturday evening dinner, wine and cocktail trail experience has now returned for spring/summer!
Starting at 4.30, they have curated a unique experience which serves up some of the region’s best local produce and artisanal talents at venues they love.
Over four hours, you’ll experience downtown Margaret River as never before, meeting the drivers behind our world-class food and beverage scene, learning some secrets and taking the odd secret pathway on route.
Their Evening Tour is for the fun, the curious and the mildly adventurous… with a reputation as a true Margaret River “must-do”.
Places are strictly limited, so get your friends together to secure your preferred Saturday (max 12 guests per tour).
CULLEN NEW VINTAGE 2020 KEVIN JOHN LUNCH
Friday 19th, Saturday 20th & Sunday 21st November 2021.
Times available from 11:30am
Ticket price: $195 p/p
Inclusions: Four course set menu, paired with back and current vintages of Kevin John Chardonnay
Celebrate the release of the new 2020 Kevin John Chardonnay with a four course set menu, paired with back and current vintages of Kevin John Chardonnay.
THE KALBARRI SKYWALK DINNER
Venture beyond the edge of a 100m drop for spectacular views over Kalbarri National Park
3 Night Package
19th November to the 22nd November
From $1,499 per person
Inclusions: Kalbarri Skywalk dinner and Entertainment, Three nights’ accommodation, All dinners – featuring WA’s premium produce, Welcome Function, Two sensational day tours, All Coach Transfers
Part proceeds donated to the maintenance and improvement of Kalbarri and surrounding area
SHADOW WINE BAR'S JAZZ DINNER
Saturday 06 November, 6:00pm
Enjoy Shadow Wine Bar’s Jazz Dinner brought to you by Alex Hotel and the Perth International Jazz Festival.
A dining room set below a vaulted ceiling. Visit the ambient Shadow Wine Bar to enjoy a one-off five course dinner, glass of sparkling wine on arrival and the soothing sounds of the saxophone from the talented Jayden Blockley Duo.
$85 per person, deposit required when booking. Inclusive of a five course menu with a glass of sparkling wine on arrival.
Vegan, vegetarian and gluten free options can be arranged in advance.
MURDERS AT THE MAJ
21 – 23 October 2021
His Majesty’s Theatre, Downstairs at The Maj
Presented by Cluedunnit
Cluedunnit’s murder mystery dinner theatre shows are some of the best and longest established in the world. The shows feature a cast of professional actors in 1930’s period costume, bringing variety and spontaneity to each show. The action and clues flow thick and fast, and the performance is continuous.
Guests will be sat at a round table seating 10 and are invited to dress in the style of the period as they work together to solve the mystery.
Limited tickets available.
EPOCH BREAKFAST & HIGHLIGHTS TOUR
Join the WA Museum Boola Bardip for the Epoch breakfast and highlights tour. You will enjoy a delicious breakfast at Epoch café before exploring the museum. Tours run every Friday from 10am-12pm at $35 per person.
On your table will be a range of fresh pastries from Mary Street Bakery, including native fruit danishes and buttery croissants. You will then enjoy your freshly prepared main (chosen when you book), along with barista-made coffee, tea or hot chocolate.
After breakfast, you will be taken on an entertaining Highlights Tour of WA Museum Boola Bardip. Over one hour, an expert guide will take you through a selection of the Museum’s permanent exhibitions — bringing to life the rich stories of Western Australia through some of our most compelling objects and ideas. At the conclusion of the tour, you are welcome to further explore the museum at your leisure.
ROTTNEST EXPRESS WHALE ADVENTURE
Experience Rottnest Island like never before. Take a ride to the Island’s wild side and bear witness to its rugged coastline and abundance of wildlife on a 90-minute commentated boat tour with Rottnest Express. During the months of September – November you have the chance to admire Rottnest Island’s most majestic visitor, humpback whales. But wait, the adventure doesn’t stop here! Feel the salt breeze in your hair as you zip around the island at high-speed in search for dolphins, New Zealand fur seals, Australian sea lions and osprey. All of which are frequenting the waters of Rottnest Island right now! What are you waiting for? Book your spot on Rottnest Express’s Adventure Boat Tour today, departing daily from Rottnest Island Main Jetty